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Friday, April 01 2016 23:18

Toys: Entertainment Earth Celebrates 20 Years of Bringing Hollywood Home...

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Entertainment EarthOn April 1, 1996, Entertainment Earth launched with a small office, a garage, and a website. The idea back then was to give collectors a one-stop shop for what was then a new thing - Hasbro's Kenner STAR WARS Power of The Force action figures. That's exactly when I jumped into STAR WARS collecting hardcore. The weird thing now is that in 1996, RETURN OF THE JEDI was just 13 years old, and the "vintage" STAR WARS figures had only been off the market for about 11. To think that we're now 20 years past that relaunch of STAR WARS, and 33 years past ROTJ... well, it just makes me feel old. But, as times have changed, Entertainment Earth has grown to a massive operation, and while they're still a great source for toys from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, they're now keyed-into just about any kind of toys and collectibles that any entertainment or pop culture lover could want. Check out the cool history video they've put together...

As the month rolls on, keep an eye on what Entertainment Earth is up to - they'll be serving-up some great deals, and some special giveaways. Stay tuned, as we'll be doing a joint giveaway here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine as well! Looking back, it's interesting how similar the original Entertainment Earth office looked to my one-time STAR WARS room.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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